publication . Article . 2015

First-born siblings show better second language skills than later born siblings

Karin eKeller; Karin eKeller; Larissa Maria Troesch; Alexander eGrob;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2015 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, volume 6 (issn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Abstract
We examined the extent to which three sibling structure variables number of siblings, birth order, and presence of an older sibling at school age are linked to the second language skills of bilingual children. The research questions were tested using an ethnically heterogeneous sample of 1209 bilingual children with German as a second language. Controlling for children’s age, sex, nationality, number of children’s books at home, family language and parental German language skills, hierarchical regression analyses showed an inverse relationship between the number of siblings and second language skills: the more siblings a child had, the lower was his/her second l...
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free text keywords: Psychology, birth order, sibling, second language acquisition, language proficiency, bilingualism, Original Research, second language acquistion, BF1-990, General Psychology, Neuroscience of multilingualism, Attendance, Multilevel model, Communication, business.industry, business, Second-language acquisition, German, language.human_language, language
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publication . Article . 2015

First-born siblings show better second language skills than later born siblings

Karin eKeller; Karin eKeller; Larissa Maria Troesch; Alexander eGrob;